Thursday, June 15, 2017

Higher and Higher

When you're hot, you're hot!  As each day passes our temperatures climb.  Lately we've been reaching the upper 90's with the nights in the 70's.  During the day the humidity drops and by afternoon we're enjoying fells like temperatures of 100+.  So we don't go outside unless we have too.

Jim has been getting up at 0700 so he can get his chores done outside before noon.  The pool needs tidying everyday what with debris from the trees (wind blows almost constantly.  And the past few days he's been pressure washing the Club House so it can be painted.

The crew that keeps up the grounds were busy the first week of June cutting and trimming all of the bushes.  Don't worry, they'll be back and looking gorgeous by the time the winter season starts!

Upper left is our rig in the 100's.  

These pictures were taken on the 8th of June.  As you can see it's looking pretty bare.  Already I've seen new growth around the resort

After Jim does his morning work he comes home and showers.  Sometimes he naps as he's lying on the bed cooling off.  Sometimes we have our midday meal together before he naps (not good for the waistline!).

I read, make cards, snooze during this time.  When he's gone in the morning I'm usually busy with housework, meal prep, bathing and trimming Boo.  I even squeeze in craft time.

Netflix is our choice for afternoon viewing.  We like England's BBC TV shows and we're enjoying some dramas, comedies and a show Grand Designs (I think) about building or rebuilding grand houses. Fascinating!

Let's see, In the past couple weeks we've mostly stayed at home.  Venturing out only for groceries.  One day we headed to the mall so I could get a haircut and we both got some steps in.  One grocery run found us at Costco and we walked all over that cool building.  I walked all over Barnes and Nobles while Jim reads magazines and that day I managed to get more steps than him.

Yesterday we went out to lunch.  Decided on Chili's because we had a gift card.  About the only good thing I can say about Chili's is they have good margarita's and cold draft beer.  Why is everything they cook so greasy?

All is right in our world

Thursday, June 8, 2017

New Phone, Different (old) Laptop

Awhile back I got a new phone, Samsung Galaxy S7.  It has taken me several weeks of thinking (I'm slow) of how to import pictures from my phone onto this older, former Asus laptop.  I think I know how to upload pictures from my cameras but I'll have to purchase a doohickey to do it.

My newer laptop, Dell I think, has stopped working.  For awhile it was troublesome...taking two or three tries to even start it.  We'd reboot and finally it would work.  Couple times we'd took the battery out and then it would work.  Now nothing we, I mean Jim of course, he's my go to tech guy!  Love you honey.

For the time being we're remaining in the valley.  The reasons are personal but not medical.  We're still at Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort.  Not much going on here and we've only a few guests.

These pictures aren't the best but at least I know how to share them!

sunrise June 7th

Baby possum found in our water  collection bucket.  Jim dumped him out and he played possum while we waited for signs of life.  About a half hour later he was gone.

All is right in our world!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Can You Believe It?

It's June 1st.....and summer is definitely here in the Rio Grande Valley.  Hope you're enjoying summer-like weather where you are.

Summer means we'll being cooking out, finding places to and ways to cool off and traveling!  Schools are dismissing students and closing down.  Summer! What's not to like?

We should be on the road soon. As many of you know Jim has a doctor appointment today and once that's taken care of we can move on.  But wait! We must get our mail one more time and that won't be here until Friday.

Are we ready to hit the road? Yes and no. Repairs and maintenance have been done on the truck and rig.  So they're road worthy. Most everything is tucked away and we could hit the road in an hour or so. 

But I'm learning that I like settling in.  We've been in the valley since late October. Prior to that, summer was spent in Vermont with Anne and Scotty. That's where we were a year ago today.  Before we headed to Vermont we had been guests of our children, Sonsearae and Chris, for Jim's recovery.  

Even though our life isn't constantly in motion, I find I like routines.  I've also come to realize that there isn't enough time or resources to see and do everything in one lifetime!

We both need medical attention and when you travel you have to keep this in mind. I rather like developing a relationship with medical personnel.  And going to the same grocery store, gas station and favorite restaurants etc....routines established for ease of life.

So far Jim wants to travel and thus far we can't decide on where to go next!  From here Corpus Christi...but in general we have no plans.

Perhaps we'll just go where the wind takes us, like a ship lost at sea trying to find a home port.

Last week we had the rig in for repairs on the brakes. We spent the night in Bert Ogden's parking lot and turned over the rig at 0800.   As it happened the day was wonderful weather wise.  We sat in a shaded parking lot all morning reading or playing games on our tablets. Then headed out at lunchtime for some Popeye's chicken.  Back to the park to enjoy a picnic lunch. As the afternoon warmed up we headed back to Ogden's and discovered we couldn't get our rig back.  So we packed essentials (but still managed to forget some items) and searched for a place to stay.  Managed to endure a stay at a hotel over night.  Because of Boo we ended up eating a lot of fast food and boy did we tire of that quickly.  

Wrong parts and a promise to finish up the second day saw us taking our rig home after two full days of being homeless.  Oh it was fine sleeping that night in our own bed!

All is right in our world